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Round Hill Hometown Festival Highlights

June 3, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Hometown Festival Highlights
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Round Hill’s 13th annual Hometown Festival was May 23. There was a full-day of activities. Highlights included 187 runners in the Round Hill 5K starting the day. The popular pie-eating contest was won by Robert Cairns from Round Hill Exxon with Round Hill Elementary School Principal Andrew Davis coming in second and RHES PE teacher Eric Turrill coming in third.

The day also included a parade, Memorial Day ceremony and downhill derby. Entertainment was provided throughout the day and into the evening. … Continue Reading

World War II Bombers Buzz Purcellville

June 3, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on World War II Bombers Buzz Purcellville
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By David L. Eno

The unexpected bombers flew out of the west, circled overhead with the rumbling large radial engines and headed toward the southeast … bound for Washington. Motorists on U. S. Route 7 pulled to the sides of the road and grabbed their cameras, because there had never been anything like it.  On the first day, the fleet of 56 airplanes seemed to be right over the tree level. They circled until the other vintage air craft arrived and went into formation.

People heard the roar of the engines and all eyes turned toward the sky – even some of the cows in the pastures outside of town took notice. In most cases it was all unexpected.  World War II bombers and fighter planes – the very ones that helped bring victory in Europe and the Pacific – were headed to D.C. to highlight the 70th anniversary of VE Day – Victory Over Europe.  They flew in formations in a salute to war veterans under the auspices of the Commemorative Air Force (formerly the Confederate Air Force). … Continue Reading

Names Approved for County Park, Adult Day Center

May 26, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Names Approved for County Park, Adult Day Center
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved names for a new county park and the county’s adult day center in Purcellville.

“Corner Hall Park” is the official name for the park site located adjacent to Kirkpatrick Farms in Aldie. It is a developer proffer in the Blue Ridge district, consisting of 15.29-acres, with approximately 7.5 acres designated for recreational use. The proposed park will be located at the intersection of (future) Gardena Drive and Northstar Boulevard. The property will feature a pond, one (unlighted) rectangle athletic field, landscaping and parking. … Continue Reading

Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

May 20, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration
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On Saturday, June 20, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the third town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 30 local artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display throughout the town from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating Middleburg as an arts destination, Art in the Burg, will also feature plein air artists, music, and wine. During this celebration of the arts, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase art, talk with the artists and enjoy the many venues that will have art on display. The historic Town of Middleburg also offers a variety of shopping and dining options.

“The creative talent from area artists is amazing!” said Art in the Burg organizer Peter Wood. “Middleburg is the perfect venue to bring visitors and artists together with its history and charm. Art in the Burg will be an incredible day to experience this vibrant culture that is part of our community.”

Visit http://www.middleburgarts.org/artintheburg.html for additional information.

Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor

May 18, 2015 Elections, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor
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Purcellville resident Richard Jimmerson announced his candidacy, May 18, as an Independent running for the Blue Ridge District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

He is excited to get his campaign moving forward, meeting and connecting with supporters. “Decisions made by the Board of Supervisors over the next four years will have a profound and lasting impact on the future direction of the district. I am confident I can balance the needs and interests of our varied communities in the Blue Ridge,” said Jimmerson

The Blue Ridge District covers a vast area of land that includes western Loudoun County and Brambleton. Richard understands the needs of these two areas are often not aligned. He will work hard as Supervisor to bring needed infrastructure improvements for the rapidly growing Brambleton area and will relentlessly advocate for both preservation and conservation efforts in Western Loudoun.

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Middleburg Receives Donation, Grant for Streetlight Project

May 6, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Receives Donation, Grant for Streetlight Project
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The town of Middleburg has received a $50,000 donation from Middleburg Beautification & Preservation, Inc. to assist with the purchase and installation of new dark sky and pedestrian friendly streetlights along Washington Street. It has also received the proceeds of a Dark Sky Initiatives Fund, for $13,273, from the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties, for the installation of dark sky lighting in Middleburg. The new street lights will replace the existing old cobra-head fixtures. The new lights will be installed as a part of the Washington Street Streetscape Project/VDOT Route 50 Traffic Calming Project, which is scheduled to start in the fall of 2015.

Volunteers Test the Quality of the South Cactoctin Creek at the annual Catch and Count Event on the Chapman DeMary Trail

May 5, 2015 Loudoun County, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Volunteers Test the Quality of the South Cactoctin Creek at the annual Catch and Count Event on the Chapman DeMary Trail
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On May 3, a beautiful spring day, more than 60 people gathered at the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville to catch and count creek creatures, conduct tests to monitor the quality of the South Fork Catoctin Creek, and improve water quality by picking up trash along the trail and planting trees. Participants who came to The Nature Generation’s event also enjoyed nature hikes and meeting Loudoun Valley High School student Sammy Iliff who had her award-winning water quality project on display. As a result of these efforts, volunteers picked up 5 bags of trash, planted 8 native trees, and found that the quality of the South Fork Catoctin Creek still needs improvement.

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Town Chooses New Police Chief

April 29, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town Chooses New Police Chief
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The Town of Purcellville has made their final selection for Police Chief and the position has been offered and accepted by Cynthia A. McAlister of Purcellville. Ms. McAlister was selected from a candidate pool of over 54 officers representing federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Ms. McAlister was chosen from a short list of ten extremely qualified candidates and was the unanimous recommendation of a specialized interview panel made up of members of the Town Council, citizens/business owners, management staff and members of our law enforcement community. Ms. McAlister and the Town of Purcellville worked out all of the terms of her employment on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and she will be confirmed by Town Council at the regular meeting on May 12 at 7:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Keep Virginia Beautiful Awards Grant to Town

April 28, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Keep Virginia Beautiful Awards Grant to Town
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Keep Virginia Beautiful awarded $750 to the Town of Purcellville in the Recycling category for the creation of a “green spot” pilot program for trash and recycling collection and education centers to be located at strategic locations during the Town’s major community events. This awareness and education program will educate the public in areas of litter prevention and the benefits of recycling. The public will learn how the diversion of recycling from the landfill will preserve precious future space and reduce costs that are borne by the taxpayers; and because the events are attended by many people from outside the local area, the educational impact will be felt throughout the entire region. … Continue Reading

Mervin Jackson Park Ribbon Cutting Set for Saturday, April 25

April 23, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Mervin Jackson Park Ribbon Cutting Set for Saturday, April 25
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Town of Leesburg officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Mervin Jackson Park on Saturday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. The new park is located on the south side of the Town Hall Parking Garage, 14 W. Loudoun Street.

The park is named after the late Vice Mayor Mervin Jackson. He was an active and respected member of the Leesburg Community. He served on the Town Council from 1999 to 2004, and held the seat as Vice Mayor from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Planning Commission from 1975-1999, and Chair of the Planning Commission from 1989 – 1998. … Continue Reading

Annual Mosby Ride on May 3

April 23, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Annual Mosby Ride on May 3
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The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Atoka-based nonprofit preservation and education organization, is pleased to be hosting their annual “Mosby Ride” on May 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Waveland, at 5061 Carter’s Run Road in Marshall. Riders will trailer in their own horses to historic Waveland and from there see three antebellum estates by horseback: Waveland, Wheatland, and Clover Hill – all in Fauquier’s historic Carter’s Run Valley. The guided trail ride will be a walk-trot and include cavalry experts, interpretations, and historical anecdotes of the tremendous history of that area. … Continue Reading

Hill School Has Winning Kite Day

April 16, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hill School Has Winning Kite Day
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Hill School’s TEEN Saturday program attended the Blossom Kite Festival on March 30 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., The Kite Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Washington, D.C., and features kite fliers from across the United States and the world. Members of Hill’s TEEN Saturday program not only participated in the event, but won first, second and third place in the teen competition. … Continue Reading

An Interview With Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser

April 1, 2015 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on An Interview With Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser
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?Where The Town Budget Is … And Where He Hopes To Take It

Loudoun County’s incorporated towns set aside a specific period each year to establish their budgets for the coming fiscal year. The Town Charter and Code of Virginia §15.2-2511 also require that each municipality secure “an annual audit performed by independent certified public accountants of the Town’s financial affairs.”

In Purcellville, a Town Council Strategic Planning Session is held over the summer. Then the annual budgeting process occurs which incorporates the Strategic Plan into a financial plan for the next fiscal year. The following spring, the budget is formally adopted.
Spring 2015 marks the first time Mayor Kwasi Fraser will preside over the adoption of a new budget for Purcellville. The Blue Ridge Leader spoke with Fraser to get his take on what the town’s fiscal priorities should be and how he plans to achieve them.

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Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Lifestyle

Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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